January 29 marked the start of the last semester of high school for the class of 2018; the momentous occasion comes along with the inevitable crash some (most) seniors experience. Whether you call it the senior slump, senioritis or senior slide, seniors become unmotivated to complete their daily academic tasks.
The cause of the slide comes from the lack of motivation following the completion of college applications.
“Everyday, I don’t feel the need to finish work, or do work, particularly because I am done with all of my college [applications],” said senior Rhiannon Curtis.
Due to the four previously rigorous years of high school, most seniors only need to take a couple more courses to fulfill the graduation requirement, meaning that many of their courses are electives.
“The fact that I only have two classes that actually matter toward graduation, and the rest do not matter at all adds to the lack of motivation,” said Curtis.
Though senioritis can often lead students to procrastinate or plainly not com- plete some assignments, the cramming comes in at the end of the grading period.
“I focus on major deadlines, like tests and projects, anything that can have a major impact on your grade,” said Curtis. As inevitable as the senior slump can be, coming back from it is the most essential part.
CHS School Counselor, Bari Sholomon, advices seniors to be cautious of letting things slide.
“If you’ve already been admitted into college, just remember that a college can rescind an offer of admission, especially because this year admission has been so competitive,” said Sholomon.
The main concern with senioritis is college admissions offices noticing a major downfall between first and second semesters.
If you feel yourself becoming less motivated as the year goes on, make sure to narrow your focus on specific classes.
“You will have APs at the end of this year, so if a college takes those scores it will be less classes you will have to take when you get there,” said Sholomon.
Even though college seems like the goal, it is just the beginning of another four, or more, years of learning. Maintaining a solid academic rhythm will ease the transition into your next step.
“You should definitely think about the present rather than the future. When you are a senior, your whole year surrounds organizing your future, so you lose track of what is important right now. If you think about how everything right now impacts your future, it will motivate many to work right now,” said Curtis.